Laura Beard is an Associate Professor of Drawing & Painting at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. A recent recipient of a Research Enabling Grant from UNT will allow her to pursue her research in Vienna, Austria followed by a solo exhibition at the Manfred Flener Gallery in Vienna. Her recent solo shows include “An Accumulation of Nothing” at Sternstudios, Vienna, Austria; “Recursion” at the Hunt Gallery in St. Louis; “The Antigua Series” at Space B in New York, NY; “Thick and Smooth” at the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis; “Velocity/Volition” at the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Gallery in Kansas City; and “Flutter and Yaw” at Perimeter Gallery in Chicago. Her work is also featured in “Studio Visit Magazine”, an international exhibit in print. Beard is the President of the Santo Foundation. The Santo Foundation is a non-profit organization established to assist artists with individual grants. She maintains a studio in St. Louis and a studio in Denton, Texas. Beard received her MFA in painting from the University of Washington in Seattle 1990 and her BFA in painting and printmaking from Colorado State University in 1988. Her work is in private and public collections both regionally and abroad.